Q: What is standard pitch, a pitch raise, and why is it different than tuning?
A: A piano has a specific frequency that each note should resonate at, this is standard pitch. When a piano string is being tuned, the tuner is essentially changing the pitch(frequency) of the string to the correct frequency. Not only is the tuner changing the pitch, they are also changing the amount of tension the string is exerting on the piano's plate and bridge. Over time, all of the notes can change frequencies(pitch) to something far lower or even higher than they should be. Adding or relieving large amounts of tension on the plate and bridge will cause the piano's tuning to shift. A pitch raise is basically a pre-tuning to counteract the effects of this shift.
Q: It there a specific time of year that I should tune my piano?
A: In Colorado, the answer is no.
Q: One or more of the keys is not working properly, can it be repaired in one visit?
A: If no parts need to be ordered, yes. Most of the time, the time and cost of the repair or adjustment is minimal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often should I have my piano tuned?
A: Once a year is what I recommend for maintenance purposes. You may want to tune your piano more frequently if you play a lot. This is also the case if the environment that the piano is in changes frequently. Some people and places of business tune their piano's 2-4+ times a year.
Q: My piano hasn't been tuned for a long time(3+ years), can it still be tuned?
A: As long as the condition of the piano allows for it, yes. In some cases, a piano might need a pitch raise before the tuning. In all cases, the tuner will need to assess the condition of the piano before tuning it.
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